For 86 years, the Red Sox were defined by a curse. “The Curse of the Bambino” was an ever-present ghost haunting the franchise, seemingly preventing them from ever winning another World Series title. Despite possessing legends like possibly greatest hitter of all-time in Ted Williams, or his left field successor Carl Yastrzemski, or the best catcher the league had ever seen in Carlton Fisk, the Sox could never close the deal.
But that all changed in 2004, when David Ortiz and others helped the Red Sox overturn a three-game deficit to the Yankees in the ALCS and then complete a sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals to finally, mercifully, end the curse.
Since that fateful year, the Red Sox have become one of the most feared and dominant teams in the major leagues. They won the World Series again in 2007 and 2013 and they are taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2018 World Series.
Founded in 1901, the franchise has featured legends in just about every era, from Tris Speaker in the early 20th Century to the modern-day superstar Mookie Betts.
Cards of most of these players can be purchased on the Beckett Marketplace: Roger Clemens, Carlton Fisk, Carl Yastrzemski, Wade Boggs, Nomar Garciaparra, Ted Williams, Tris Speaker, Mookie Betts, David Ortiz and Jonathan Papelbon.